We’re here to inform you about the distressing events happened in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. A violent mob of locals stormed into hostels and rented accommodations of various Pakistani medical students, subjecting them to brutal attacks. This alarming incident has left many parents and families deeply concerned, urging immediate actions from the Prime Minister of Pakistan. Reports indicate that several students have been severely beaten and tortured, belonging to different cities of Pakistan. Messages from stranded students from Okara, Azad Kashmir, Fort Abbas, and Badin are, revealing the seriousness situation in Kyrgyzstan. Trapped in a hostel, these students are face violence, diminishing food and water supplies, and approaching danger.


Reason Behind These Riots:

On May 13, a confrontation between local residents and foreign students in Bishkek escalated into violence, prompting angry mobs to target hostels and flats of international students. While the initial altercation involved other foreign students, the ensuing mob violence indiscriminately targeted all foreign and international students. Rooms of various international students were attacked including Indian, Bangladeshi and Pakistani students. The administration’s caution against leaving the hostel because there are still threat of attacks.

Various Students from Pakistan Targeted in Kyrgyzstan:

Numerous students from different cities across Pakistan, including Okara, Kotli, Fort Abbas, Badin, and Qant, have fallen the victim to attacks in Kyrgyzstan. These students have reached out to their families, detailing the distressing incident happened in Kyrgyzstan. They recount being subjected to physical assaults, while female students were harassed too. The alarming reports underscore the urgent need for intervention to ensure the safety and well-being of Pakistani students in Kyrgyzstan .



Statement from the Pakistani Embassy:

The Pakistani embassy in Bishkek confirmed that no Pakistani student was killed in the recent violent incident in Kyrgyzstan. Both the Pakistani and Indian embassies have advised students to stay inside their hostels for safety. Pakistani Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan, Hasan Zaigham, addressed the situation in a video statement, revealing that 14 Pakistani students sustained injuries, with one receiving treatment at Shahzeb Bishkek hospital. He dismissed social media rumors about the situation and stated that four individuals involved in the attacks have been arrested. Additionally, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned Kyrgyzstan’s Embassy Charge d’Affaires in Islamabad to express Pakistan’s deep concern over the incidents and to ensure the safety of Pakistani students and citizens in the country.



First Group of Students Reached Lahore:

A special flight bringing the first group of Pakistani students from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, arrived at Lahore’s Allama Iqbal International Airport late on Saturday. This flight was arranged after the foreign students, including Pakistanis, faced violence from a mob recently. The students were welcomed by Interior Minister Mohsin Naqvi at the airport. There was confusion about how many students were on the flight, with different numbers shared on social media. Naqvi assured that transport would be arranged for students from other cities, emphasizing that Pakistani students in Kyrgyzstan are like children of the nation. He mentioned that the Prime Minister immediately took action to safeguard Pakistani students after the incident. More flights are scheduled for Sunday to bring back other students. Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif decided to send Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ishaq Dar, along with Kashmir Affairs Minister Amir Muqam, to Bishkek. They will depart on Sunday morning via a special flight to provide support and facilities to Pakistani students, despite the situation being under control.



Ministry of Interior Kyrgyzstan’s Statement:

The Ministry of Interior in Kyrgyzstan stated that the situation is completely under control now. Law enforcement, like the police, are there to ensure safety. Bishkek police tried talking to protesters to calm things down. Local news says four foreigners were arrested. The Health Ministry helped 29 foreigners, including Pakistanis, with medical care. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs set up a Crisis Management Unit (CMU). Pakistani nationals in Kyrgyzstan and their families can reach out to the unit at these numbers: 0519203108, 0519203094. They can also email the CMU at cmu1@mofa.gov.pk.




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